Investigators looking into motive of downtown stabbing

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Bowling Green man suffered a collapsed lung Saturday after a stabbing at The Bowling Green Towers. 

Bowling Green police were called after 12 p.m. to 1149 College Street and when they arrived, they located Al Williams, 64, in the parking lot. He had multiple stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. 

Witnesses said the suspect, 57 year old Robert Lionshield, threw the knife away near the building and then was located inside of his brother’s apartment and taken into custody without incident, according to police. 

Lionshield is not a stranger to the state or federal legal systems. He attempted to criminally charge Gov. Andy Beshear last year after Lionshield said in a federal complaint that he lost his job for refusing to wear a mask and blamed the governor for that job loss. That complaint was dismissed about two weeks after he filed it in the U.S. District Court.

Bowling Green Police Officer Ronnie Ward said investigators are working to determine a motive. 

“We do understand that they were neighbors and were feuding for quite some time now. But obviously we have to check into the validity of those statements that were made to us. So we have some further investigation to do on this just to see if we can understand why exactly this happened.” 

Lionshield is currently lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail. His bond is set at $25,000.